Jason McLean studied jazz performance and improvisation on bass guitar while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in 2002. He was employed as a mental health social worker with Washington County, MN for nearly ten years before deciding to follow his deepest passion as a full-time music educator and performer. This experience has enabled Jason to incorporate a therapeutic approach to his teaching method and provide emotional support to students when needed. He has performed and recorded professionally with numerous jazz and rock ensembles; currently with the Tommy Bentz Band in which he recently represented the state of Wisconsin in the 2019 International Blues Challenge. Jason has also toured the UK playing bass guitar several times. He provides instruction for guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele at the Brickhouse Music Lesson Academy in his hometown of River Falls, as well as through his own mobile private studio, and has been a faculty member at the Shell Lake Arts Center since 2010.
Dustin DeGolier is a freelance musician serving Northwest Wisconsin. He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in jazz guitar from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native of Cumberland, WI, Dustin began studying guitar and music theory with Manfred Schonauer at age eleven. Since then he has studied with Billy Barnard of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, as well as UW-Milwaukee’s Pete Billmann, Elina Chekan and Don Linke. He has participated in master classes with renowned guitarists Mark Whitfield, Bruce Forman and Julian Lage. Dustin maintains a frequent performance schedule both solo and with a wide array of groups playing jazz, rock, country and original music. When not practicing or performing, he can be found teaching private lessons at the Pipe Dream Center in Comstock, WI, the Dancing Bird Art Studio & Music Shop in Cumberland, WI and virtually from his home. He serves as guitar instructor annually for the Guitar & Bass Workshop and Rock Band Camp at the Shell Lake Arts Center.